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Charlie Schlenker

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GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his family.

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An Egyptian Muslim and former exchange student at Heartland Community College said he is disillusioned by mixed messages he's receiving from the United States.

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Two more taxing bodies have approved the property-tax breaks to bring Canadian manufacturer Brandt Industries to McLean County.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood is praising the House version of the GOP tax plan he voted for last week.

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Chestnut Health Systems has chosen its new CEO.  

Current Chief Clinical Officer Dave Sharar will take over as CEO on Jan. 7 when Russ Hagen retires after several decades with the not-for-profit health agency.

Sharar also has a long tenure at Chestnut. A statement from board Chair Judy Smithson indicates Sharar's experience in many of the lines of business and that the leadership skills he has exhibited over 29 years are valued.

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There's a move to weaken the power of the office of Mayor in Bloomington.

IWU President: No Overreaction To Enrollment Drop

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Fall enrollment for Illinois Wesleyan University is about 1,700 students, the lowest since 1988.

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A pilot program to improve wellness among people with developmental disabilities in Bloomington-Normal is showing significant benefits.

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Negotiations over tax incentives to bring a Canada-based Brandt Industries manufacturing plant to McLean County were unusual in that they included the Unit 5 school superintendent and the county board chair at the table, as well as economic development officials.

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Brandt Industries will be getting more than just local tax breaks if it brings a new plant to McLean County.

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The McLean County Board voted 16-1 on Tuesday for a proposed deal to bring a Canadian manufacturer to central Illinois in exchange for at least 300 jobs and a plant investment of more than $21 million.

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While the president was declaring the opioid crisis in the United States a public health emergency last month, Bloomington-Normal was battling its own opioid epidemic.

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Illinois Wesleyan University’s president said Thursday that a plan to tax college endowments as part of a larger tax overhaul would unfairly harm private schools and make them less affordable.

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The Trump administration is not just changing the civil liberties landscape in well publicized ways such as the Muslim ban and efforts to deport so-called bad hombres.

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The McLean County Health Department has named a woman dedicated to suicide prevention as the Public Health Award honoree for the community.

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The new restaurant in the works for Eastland Mall is not new to the community at all.

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The proposed tax levy for the Town of Normal could go up close to 7 percent. Town staff said in documents prepared for Monday's council meeting that most of the $841,000 increase would go to rises in pension costs.

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Of course, Thanksgiving was not always the way it is today.

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Anti-immigration voices are growing stronger around the U.S., and an advocate for tolerance and education said the best way to combat that kind of speech is by introducing immigrants to their neighbors.

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The revival of a decades dormant campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment is drawing an opposition campaign from what some call a hate group.

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A longtime fixture of Illinois State University has passed away.

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A central Illinois composer's work leads off the Illinois Symphony Concert on Friday evening at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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The Downtown Bloomington Task Force’s final report includes a recommendation to knock down an aging parking structure and build a new library-transit center-garage in its place.

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Mayor Tari Renner conceded Tuesday he has “serious communication issues” to work out with the Bloomington aldermen who publicly admonished him, even as he called one of them a “bully” and said that some don’t understand the city’s form of government.

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The clock is ticking down to the time Bloomington City Manager David Hales leaves, and the Bloomington City Council has not yet chosen an interim for the post, in spite of two executive sessions on the topic.

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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre said Tuesday he is polling board members whether and how they think election functions should be combined between the clerk's office and the Bloomington Election Commission.

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Outgoing Bloomington City Manager David Hales pleaded with the city council during a work session Monday to not get bogged down in details of the new budget.

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Seven Bloomington residents—including several downtown and west-side leaders—have been picked for a new civilian board to advise the police chief.

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A retired Unit 5 school district educator recently called for more aggressive efforts to hire minority teachers in Bloomington-Normal.

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McLean County's rural road system has been a positive for decades, with a solid network of paved county and township roads covering an area close to the size of the state of Rhode Island.

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The Sounds of Christmas concert in the State Farm headquarters atrium—a 35-year Bloomington-Normal tradition—is coming to an end.

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